Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool have no preferred opponents in the last 16 of the Champions League after his men booked their knockout round spot in style by crushing Spartak Moscow 7-0 at Anfield. They have scored three goals or more in seven of those matches.
Coutinho's summer was dominated by his desire to move to the La Liga giants, so much so that he tried to force it with a late transfer request that was ultimately denied by Liverpool.
In the 85th minute, Salah finally got his long-sought goal after receiving the ball inside of the box, fakes a shot that led two defenders to collide with each other before shooting with his right foot straight into the top corner. "Usually I always get Real Madrid so we will see", Klopp joked to BT Sport.
The former Twente star has a close relationship with global colleague and Liverpool man Georginio Wijnaldum, and in January he admitted the Reds man wanted him to move to Anfield. Can, Wijnaldum and Coutinho named alongside Salah, Mane and Firmino.
Coutinho scored his first hat trick for Liverpool and it started when he stroked home a penalty after Georgi Dzhikiya tugged Salah in the penalty area. It is the first time a country has had five representatives in the Champions League knockout stage, signaling a revival by the English after a period of underachievement since Chelsea was European champion in 2012.
"We all know how special this can be in specific moments, and that's what I'm looking for. I am not going to say what the amount is", said Rondionov. "But we had the same players before and they didn't score and then it is not that we talk like this".
The Liverpool manager said the "little shadow" on the rout of the Russian champions was an injury to Alberto Moreno that could sideline the in-form left-back for several matches, beginning with the Merseyside derby against Everton on Sunday.